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Optical Spectroscopy and Imaging Laboratory
 
 

Ph.D. Alumni

2016

Meaghan Bond, Ph. D. 2016
Bioengineering
Rice University
Measuring Hemoglobin:  Point-of-Care Diagnostics for Anemia and Sickle Cell Disease in Low-Resource Settings 
 
Jennifer Burnett, Ph. D. 2016
Applied Physics
Rice University
 In vivo microscopy for the rapid, needle-free diagnosis of malaria and other blood-borne illnesses 
 
Jessica Dobbs, Ph. D. 2016
Bioegineering
Rice University
High Resolution Optical Imaging Techniques for Rapid Assessment of Breast Cancer 
 
Benjamin Grant, Ph. D. 2016
Bioengineering
Rice University
A Low Cost Diagnostic Platform for Early Cervical Cancer Detection 
 
Timothy Quang, Ph. D. 2016
Bioengineering
Rice University
Development and Evaluation of a Multi-Modal Optical Imaging System for Early Identification of Oral Neoplasia
 

2015

Zachary Crannell, Ph. D. 2015
Bioengineering
Rice University
Development of recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) assays to diagnose infectious diseases 
 
Michael Cordray, Ph. D. 2015
Bioengineering
Rice University
The development of a low-resource appropriate diagnostic for the detection of malaria DNA 
 
Anne Hellebust, Ph. D. 2015
Bioengineering 
Rice University
Optical Contrast Agents to Distinguish Benign Inflammation from Neoplasia in Epithelial Tissue 
 
Brittany Rohrman, Ph . D. 2015
Bioengineering
Rice University
Isothermal nucleic acid assays based on nucleic acid sequence based amplification (NASBA) and recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) for HIV-1 diagnosis and management in low resource settings 
 
 

2013

Tefo Bubi, Ph. D. 2013
Bioengineering
Rice University
Multi-modal optical imaging for detection of cervical neoplasia
 

Dongsuk Shin, Ph. D. 2013
Bioengineering
Rice University
High-resolution microendoscopic imaging for quantitative diagnosis of esophageal neoplasia 

2012

Nadhi Thekkek, Ph.D. 2012
Bioengineering
Rice University
Optical imaging techniques for the detection of esophageal neoplasia in Barrett’s esophagus  

2011

Kelsey Rosbach, Ph.D. 2011
Bioengineering
Rice University
Development and clinical testing of fluorescence contrast agents to detect oral cancer 

2010

Richard Schwarz, Ph.D. 2010
Bioengineering
Rice University
Depth-sensitive optical spectroscopy for noninvasive diagnosis of oral neoplasia

Crystal Weber, Ph.D. 2010
Chemistry
Rice University
Model-based analysis of tissue reflectance and autofluorescence for improved cancer detection 

2009

Timothy Muldoon, Ph.D. 2009
Bioengineering
Rice University
Imaging of deep tissues through a miniaturized optical probe  

Mohammed Rahman, Ph.D. 2009
Bioengineering
Rice University
Low-cost optical imaging systems for early detection of oral cancer  

Darren Roblyer, Ph.D. 2009
Bioengineering
Rice University
Multispectral digital imaging for detection of oral pre-cancer  

Anne van de Ven, Ph.D. 2009
Bioengineering
Rice University
Biospecific contrast agents for pre-cancer detection 

2008

Dawn Nida, Ph.D. 2008
Bioengineering
Rice University
Development of EGFR-targeted contrast agents for in vivo Applications  

Sun Young Park, Ph.D. 2008
Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Multispectral digital imaging for detection of cervical pre-cancer  

Ina Pavlova, Ph.D. 2008
Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Biospecific contrast agents for pre-cancer detection  

2007

Alicia L. Carlson, Ph.D. 2007
Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Confocal microscopy for pre-cancer detection  

2006

Kristen Carlson, Ph.D. 2006
Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Fiber optic, in vivo confocal microscopy for pre-cancer detection   

Sonya Kumar, Ph.D. 2006
Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
In vivo detection of intra-nuclear targets using gold nanoparticles- human papillomavirus  

2005

Dizem Arifler, Ph.D. 2005
Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Reflectance-based optical diagnosis of epithelial pre-cancer: modeling spectroscopic measurements, fiber-optic probe design considerations,
and analysis of tissue micro-optical properties
 

Nena Marin, Ph.D. 2005
Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Bioinformatics of fluorescence spectroscopy data from multi-center clinical trials: in vivo diagnosis of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia  

2004

Sung K. Chang, Ph.D. 2004
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Understanding the variations in fluorescence spectra in gynecologic tissue  

Tom Collier, Ph.D. 2004
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Betsy Hsu, Ph.D. 2004
Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Fluorescence contrast agents and spectroscopy for the early detection of oral cancer   

Linda Nieman, Ph.D. 2004
Physics 
The University of Texas at Austin
Early detection of curable precancerous lesions in the oral cavity using polarized reflectance spectroscopy  

2003

Anne Clark, Ph.D. 2003
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

Kung-Bin Sung, Ph.D. 2003
Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Fiber optic confocal reflectance microscopy: in vivo detection of pre-cancerous lesions in epithelial tissue  

2001

Rebekah Drezek, Ph.D. 2001
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
The biophysical origins of cervical tissue fluorescecne and reflectance spectra: modeling, measurements, and clinical implications  

2000

Andres Zuluaga, Ph.D. 2000
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Contrast agents for tumor detection with optical coherence tomography  

1999

Carrie Brookner, Ph.D. 1999
Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

1997

Andrew Dunn, Ph.D. 1997
Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Light scattering properties of cells  

Colin Smithpeter, Ph.D. 1997
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Fiber optic confocal imaging for in vivo detection and diagnosis of pre-cancerous lesions 

Youseph Yazdi, Ph.D. 1997
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Application of fluorescence and UV resonance Raman Spectroscopy to the diagnosis of neoplastic changes in cytological specimens  

1996

Anita Mahadevan-Jansen, Ph.D. 1996
Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Fluorescence and Raman Spectroscopy for diagnosis of cervical precancers 

1995

Tony Durkin, Ph.D. 1995
Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Quantitative fluorescence spectroscopy of turbid samples  

Nirmala Ramanujam, Ph.D. 1995
Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
Development of a detection technique for human cervical pre-cancer based on laser induced fluorescence spectroscopy  

1994

Steve Warren, Ph.D. 1994
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin